To advocate and promote excellent care for cancer survivors, we have provided links to easily-accessible, free online survivorship resources, information and educational opportunities offering toolkits, and some current CE and CME credits for the entire healthcare team. Although we have sorted these by discipline, any individual can benefit from these educational links.
Opportunities for Primary Care Providers
A comprehensive website compiled by medical cancer professionals to enhance the non-oncology care provider’s knowledge and skills, enabling them to be better prepared to care for cancer survivors. This site provides links to evidence-based treatment guidelines, survivorship guidelines, clinical information, research, clinical trials, general cancer information, articles, courses, and educational opportunities to expand the knowledge of cancer survivorship care. This is a great resource to bookmark or park on your desktop.
This Cancer Survivorship Series is taught by a multidisciplinary team and faculty from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The courses address various physical, emotional, and psychosocial issues cancer survivors face. These are free online modules are targeted toward oncologists, primary care physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
These free online oncology education resources are targeted toward oncologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses, other healthcare professionals, and students in the biomedical sciences. Many courses are offered for CME credits without charge, and are available in a variety of languages.
George Washington Cancer Institute (GWCI) Cancer – Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers
A free continuing education program that provides an e-learning forum to educate primary care providers as well as anyone who is working within a patient’s cancer care team – nurses, advanced practice providers, and social workers. It is specifically formatted to provide a better understanding of the care of survivors in a primary care setting. The objective is to increase primary care awareness of the ongoing needs of cancer survivors and enhance the provider’s ability to provide follow-up care. The program provides CME credit for physicians and advanced practice providers, and CE credit for nurses and social workers.
National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center Toolkit – Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cancer Survivorship Care
This toolkit provides resources to help implement the American Cancer Society cancer survivorship care guidelines for colorectal, head and neck, and prostate cancers and the American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology cancer survivorship care guideline for breast cancer. Additional information on training opportunities is included for primary care providers, as well as patient materials to help activate cancer survivors to be full participants in their survivorship care.
These survivorship algorithms for all cancers have been created by MD Anderson to help primary care doctors follow best practices in the post-treatment care of cancer survivors.
These informative video interviews showcase the former director of Dana-Farber’s adult cancer survivorship program, who speaks with experts from the fields of oncology, psychology, nutrition, exercise, and others. Topics include typical issues cancer survivors face, from fear of recurrence and long-term health concerns to creating a plan for living well beyond cancer.
This is an excellent report that provides insight into the aspects of patients’ cancer journey experiences. It gives a good overview about the physical, emotional, and financial toll cancer has on its survivors.
Memorial Sloan Kettering offers expert webcasts with the latest information about survivorship-related topics, including rehabilitation, pain management, lymphedema, and emotional distress. There is an array of other cancer-related topics offered on this site.
ASCO University offers this free CME credit case-based course addressing the sometimes-difficult transition of care for patients aged 15 to 39 to an adult-focused team, as well as the unique late effects of cancer treatment that can go undetected and/or unresolved. The target audience for this module is medical oncologists, oncology fellows, and other healthcare workers. This is supported by the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
The Pink Ribbon Survivors Network from Longmont, Colorado provides an exhaustive library of articles and resources devoted to breast cancer survivorship. This virtual library is designed for primary care providers, and is categorized by survivorship issues. These resources concentrate on improving the quality of life of people with breast cancer.
Anti-cancer treatments can be fraught by cardiotoxicities. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the antineoplastic agents associated with cardiac toxicities and the techniques to diagnose them. Eur J Clin Invest. 2016 Mar;46(3):264-84
Although survival has dramatically improved, the late and long-term effects from therapy can result in impaired fertility. There have been significant improvements, however, in oncofertility choices. This Wiley Health ACS- sponsored article was written to aid in pre- and post-treatment fertility preservation counseling, and strategies to help decrease the risks to reproductive and sexual health. CA Cancer J Clin 2014;64:118-134
The CDC’s Grand Rounds webinar about the role inherited genetic mutations play in cancer. This webinar provides resources and education about when genetic testing is necessary based on family history and other risk factors. The site also provides a link to the Cancer Family History Guide as a tool for providers to help assess a patient’s need for genetic counseling. Free CME/CNE credit is offered through February 18, 2018.
There is a selection of topics related to cancer survivorship through Medscape CME/CNE credit activities.
These informative video interviews showcase the former director of Dana-Farber’s adult cancer survivorship program, who speaks with experts from the fields of oncology, psychology, nutrition, exercise, and more. Topics include typical issues cancer survivors face, from fear of recurrence and long-term health concerns to creating a plan for living well beyond cancer.
Opportunities Specific to Rehabilitation
This segment is one of many modules offered through the Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers sponsored by the George Washington University Cancer Institute. The learning objectives include understanding the role and importance of rehabilitation post-treatment, understanding spirituality during recovery, and identifying interventions to assist in the physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery of cancer survivors. Free CE and CME credits are offered with this series.
A Wiley online educational activity sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The educational objectives include understanding the physical impairments that can occur as a result of cancer and its treatment, and understanding the outcomes from rehabilitative interventions occurring before, during, and after treatment. CA Cancer J Clin 2013;63:295-317
Opportunities Specific to Psychosocial and Mental Health Providers
These articles from the Cancer Care Professionals virtual library, located on the Pink Ribbon Survivors Network website, provide a wealth of clinical literature that pertains to psychosocial issues in breast cancer survivorship.